Today in Cleantech

The city of San Francisco will block purchases of Apple desktops and laptops after the company removed its products from a government registry of green electronics, called EPEAT. I do think you’ll see some government agencies and perhaps some large companies reduce their Apple purchases due to Apple’s exit from the registry but the impact on Apple’s bottom line (or top line for that matter) will be a rounding error, at best. While Apple wants to be sustainable and has said in the future that all of the power for its data centers will be renewable, nothing at the company is more important than great design. One of the suggestions for why Apple exited the registry was that the battery in the new Macbook Pro was glued in, making it inseparable from the body for recycling. But for a company so committed to design, having outside standards imposed on it for how it could design a consumer product is really a non-starter.